Otto of the Silver Hand (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

Otto of the Silver Hand (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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by Howard Pyle
     
 

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Young Otto’s idyllic childhood is interrupted when he is kidnapped by his father’s enemies, forcing him into a life of hardship and misery. In the face of adversity he grows to maturity and comes to be looked up to by everyone around him. A gripping story, it is also a fascinating window into the dark and superstitious Middle Ages.

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Young Otto’s idyllic childhood is interrupted when he is kidnapped by his father’s enemies, forcing him into a life of hardship and misery. In the face of adversity he grows to maturity and comes to be looked up to by everyone around him. A gripping story, it is also a fascinating window into the dark and superstitious Middle Ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411437203
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Series:
Barnes & Noble Digital Library
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Howard Pyle (1853–1911) was an American illustrator, teacher, and writer whose illustrated children’s books became highly collectible. His action-filled illustrations revolutionized picture books, breaking away from the static approach that was standard at the time.

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Otto of the Silver Hand 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
This book is set in German Baron States of the Middle Ages during the reign of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph. However, I was unable to tell whether it was the time of Rudolph I (1273-1291) or Rudolph II (1576-1612). At first I thought that it might be the latter, but after reading the book I decided that it could be the former. Baron Conrad Vuelph of Castle Drachenhausen is one of the robber barons of medieval Germany who makes his living robbing the merchants who were passing through the forests near his land. For years, his family has been in a blood feud with that of Baron Frederick Roderburg from the nearby Castle Trutz-Drachen.
One day, Baron Conrad takes his men out to raid a caravan. His wife, Baroness Mathilda, pleads with him not to do it but give up stealing from others. He almost listens but finally goes. Unfortunately, the merchants had asked for safety from Baron Frederick who gives Conrad what appears to be a mortal wound. When he is brought home for dead and seen by his wife, she faints and a little later, after giving birth to their child whom she names Otto after her brother, dies from the shock. But Conrad is not dead. After he recovers, he takes the child to the monastery of the White Cross at St. Michaelsburg, under the care of Abbott Otto, his brother-in-law, where the child spends the next twelve years.
In the meantime, Conrad takes his revenge by killing Frederick. Then, when little Otto is twelve, his father comes to take him home and raise him to be his successor. However, when his father leaves to swear allegiance to the new Emperor Rudolph, Frederick's son, Baron Henry, attacks the castle and kidnaps Otto, cutting off his right hand so that he could never wield a sword against a Roderburg, to get back at Conrad. However, Henry's daughter Pauline falls in love with Otto and helps him escape. But Henry and his men give chase. Will he find safety? And, though fitted with a silver hand to replace the one he lost in captivity, will he grow up to continue the fighting or choose a different life?
While this book was originally written in 1888 about a time several hundreds of years before, it is a timeless story that still has appeal for those who enjoy reading about the Middle Ages. Like those by G. A. Henty, Pyle's books emphasize the development of character in spite of difficult circumstances. The courage of the stern but loving father which allows Otto's safe return to the monks who place him under the emperor's protection and the loyalty of Conrad's men in risking their lives to help him save the boy are both very touching. Other editions of the book exist, but the one from Dover Publications includes the 55 original illustrations by the author. We did this as a family read aloud, and everyone liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave this book a 4 out of 5. It has a lot of action and is very well rounded. This book tells a lot about the Middle Ages. It describes the way they lived and fought. This story is about a boy who is given up by his father and a moanastary takes him in. His fathers enemy's capture him and torchure him. While he is in the dungion he meets a little girl. He falls in love with her and swares he will marry her. Otto's father rescues him and Otto becomes king. Otto returns to the old castle and demands the little girl. They are married and live happily ever after.
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Is an abandoned medieval castle.
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*shoots monster with arrows in the eyes an heart* hes blind u can get him more
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Shota the monster with a shotgun
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Bryan Trimm More than 1 year ago
A classic, adventure filled story. A REAL family classic.
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